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Happiness At Home: How To Be More Self-Confident

Signs of Self-Confidence Let’s explore the meaning of self-confidence by taking a quiz. Read the list of statements below and check which ones, in your opinion, are signs of self-confidence. Admitting when you are wrong. Being flexible when change is needed. Talking about your accomplishments. Describing negative events in positive terms. For example, “We didn’t […]

You Can Have Excellent Listening Skills!

Any psychotherapist will tell you that one of the biggest problems they see among their clients is poor listening skills. People get into trouble in their relationships because they have not developed their ability to listen and communicate. Barriers to Effective Communication There are some good reasons why many people are less-than-effective communicators. These are […]

Happiness At Home: How To Manage Conflict At Work

Kinds of Workplace Conflicts Let’s start by identifying where conflicts happen. Think about the kinds of conflicts that happen around your workplace. Disagreements over turf (who should do what) Disagreements over policy (how things should be done) Conflicts of personality and style Common Ways of Dealing with Conflict These are some of the ways we […]

Happiness At Home: How To Stop Procrastinating

This is the second of a series of two newsletters that explore the dynamics of procrastination. In my last newsletter, you learned what procrastination is and why people do it. In this issue, you will learn how to change your procrastination behaviours and enable yourself to be more productive. You will have the greatest success […]

Happiness At Home Newsletter: What Makes Us Procrastinate?

All of us procrastinate on occasion. For some people, it’s a chronic problem; for others, it’s only a problem in certain life areas. Procrastination is always frustrating because it results in wasted time, lost opportunities, disappointing work performance, and generally feeling bad about yourself. When you procrastinate, you allow less important tasks to take up […]

Relationship Checkup

Most adults engage in long-term relationships, including marriage and other committed partnerships. Nearly everyone experiences difficulties in their marriage or committed relationship from time to time, but some people seem more prepared to anticipate these hard times and respond to them more skillfully than others. The Relationship Checkup is a list of 11 points that […]

Happiness At Home: Managing Difficult Life Transitions

Life is a process of beginnings and endings. In both life and nature, there are times when things move slowly and don’t seem to change very much. Then, suddenly, things change quickly. Moving from August to September, the weather changes gradually at first, and then it seems that suddenly summer is over. It is the […]

Kids Need Chores!

Back when papers arrived on our front doorstep every morning, I cut articles out that caught my eye, hung on to them for future reference. Going through some of my archives, I can across one in the Toronto Star from April 17, 2010, titled “Hey Kids, Why Is Dad Taking Out The Trash?” by Andrea Gordon.  […]

Encouraging Words

There has been a movement in parenting in the past number of years that is generally referred to as the “self esteem movement”.  The basics of this movement focus on raising a child’s self esteem through excessive praise, rewards, sticker charts, and other external motivators.  While there’s nothing wrong with all of these things in […]